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Estelle: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar Publication Date: June 29, 2009 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 264 Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Australia, surfing, “gap year”, secrets Format read: Paperback sent to me in a book exchange with the lovely Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds! Summary: Carla leaves university to work nights at a restaurant so […]

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November 28, 2012 - 11:35 pm

Alexa Y. - First of all, hats off to you on this AMAZING review! I think you’ve expressed your feelings so well, and that your enthusiasm definitely comes across. This is probably one of my favorites out of all your reviews!

And now, the book. I really, really, really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely fantastic! I really like the fact that it tackles issues head on. Plus, Aussie writers are AMAZING (based on my experience thus far!).

November 26, 2012 - 9:07 pm

April Books & Wine - Oh, Estelle, you’ve nailed all of the best things about Raw Blue. I truly believe there is something in Australia’s water for so many emotional, raw books to come from down under. I have yet to be disappointed by an Aussie book.

I agree this is a book to savor and to maybe sit on, if you’ve been overwhelmed by the raves until your mind is cleared of preconceived notions.

November 25, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - So basically, WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT IN THE US RIGHT NOW?! Your review is AMAZING and it makes me want to buy this book from Amazon RIGHT NOW (I’m broke!). Glad you loved it!

November 24, 2012 - 3:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Beautiful review, Estelle!

I’m really glad that you loved Raw Blue and that it was worth the wait. I so know what you mean about reading hyped-up books, I think it’s good to wait and forget a lot of the comments you’ve heard.

This really is a wonderful book and hopefully it gets pub’d in the US soon!

November 23, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, Estelle, what a beautiful review! I really enjoyed reading this review, it was wonderfully written. Kudos to you for writing something so lovely!

Anyways, I have seriously only heard rave reviews about this book. Where I’m going to find a copy of this book is beyond me, but I know that I absolutely must get my hands on a copy of this book. Just the gritty depth that you described in your review makes me want to immediately pick this one. I can also tell that you were attached to Carla, and were really rooting for her. I love a good, flawed protagonist, so I’m adding that to the list of why I need to get a copy of this book. 😉

Fantabulous review Estelle! <3 It was so lovely and touching to read.

Estelle: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg Publication Date: December 29, 2009 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 290 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Breakups, girlfriends, Beatles, cheating Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: When Penny Lane is betrayed and disappointed by the only guy who has had her heart, she decides to take a stand […]

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February 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews - […] Add WE CAN WORK IT OUT to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ Previous review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB […]

August 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hey, I *just* read this book the other day! In fact, it’s sitting beside me right now, waiting for me to write down my quotes for the review. It was a good one! And I don’t even like the Beatles.

I loved how Eulberg was able to introduce Ryan and each time it felt like a bread crumb leading to a more significant occasion.

Well put! That is EXACTLY how it was. I may have to quote you in my review. 😉

August 9, 2012 - 12:07 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - This one sounds like so much fun! I really need to get my hands on a copy of this. 🙂 I’ve kind of joined this club… haha. I bet I’d connect with it well! Great review!

August 8, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Kristen - This is going on my “contemporary book binge” list! We need more books with solid female friendships. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing.

August 8, 2012 - 7:40 pm

The Bumble Girl - I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow, and have been meaning to pick this one up ever since! It sounds like there is an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot to follow here. I am really going to have to track this one down soon.
Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 5:50 pm

elena - All your gushing made me REALLY want to read this book! As a Beatles and contemp fan, this sounds adorable. I love that there’s such a wide variety of characters, good and bad, because that’s realistic and yay for unexpected friendship forming. Fantastic review, E!

August 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

VeganYANerds - So glad you loved this book, Estelle! I thought it felt very realistic as well, and you’re so right about Diane, every girl had gone through that point in her life when she realises she’s ditched everyone for her bf (guilty!). Love your review!

August 8, 2012 - 4:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I love when you give books I already own but haven’t read good reviews because it’s kind of motivating for me and makes me want to go out and read this.

Also, word. I totally know the feeling of building someone up in your mind to be someone great but then they totally SUCK. Ugh. Ugh. I get real life shudders over that.

Anyways, I’m going to have to read this one soon!

August 8, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this book. I read it before I started blogging, so I never gave it a proper review. But I’ve always recommended it. The message is just so, so good. My only flaw with this book: that damn blurb on the cover! Why on earth are they comparing it to Twilight?! What the crap. It is so far from that. So strange that they would do that. It’s basically saying, “oh hey! here’s a YA book! Read it!” Um yeah.

Fab review Estelle 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m definitely borrowing this the next time I go the library! It sounds so good – and I love the idea of the club. Great review E!

Estelle: How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford Pages: 288 pages Published: October 1, 2009 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library How I heard about it: Over at Anna Reads. Summary: Thanks to her dad’s new job, Beatrice is forced to start her senior year at a new school and […]

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August 6, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Review: How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “In no way is this your typical high school YA and I think that’s why I loved it so much.” […]

April 13, 2013 - 12:35 am

Review: How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “In no way is this your typical high school YA and I think that’s why I loved it so much.” […]

February 23, 2013 - 6:23 pm

Gone With the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “In no way is this your typical high school YA and I think that’s why I loved it so much.” […]

December 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm

What We've Been Up To: A Week in Review (2) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Estelle: How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford […]

December 9, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, a brilliant review! Thanks Estelle – you’ve definitely convinced me that I need to read this 🙂

Estelle: Lock and Key By Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Released: May 14, 2009 Pages: 432 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I picked it up: Trying to read a bunch of Dessen. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary: At a young age, Ruby is forced to take charge of her life due to her M.I.A. and irresponsible mother. When […]

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January 2, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Daphne - Would you guys please tell me your insight on Dessen’s Just Listen? It’s my favorite book from her and I would like to see your views on it and whether or not you love Owen as much as I do! He is like the most wonderful male character ever!

June 26, 2013 - 9:39 am

Book Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - […] Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

November 8, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Estelle - Hi Meg, thanks for the Dessen suggestion! I’m going to add that to my list. I do have another review of hers coming up this month so I may have to save Just Listen for the new year! I’m glad to have discovered… plus this totally freaked me out, she and I really look like twins in one of her author photos. Like down to the eyebrows. Maybe I’ll blog about it. 😉

November 7, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Meg - Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors, and I remember reading (and loving!) this one years before. I love that many of her novels touch on serious subjects without ever becoming sappy or maudlin. My favorite will always be Just Listen, though! 🙂

BOOK REPORT: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Hi! Welcome to our shiny, new blog: Rather Be Reading. We’re so excited to be coming to you live after a month of preparation, and a few months of brainstorming! Before we get into our individual book reviews, we wanted to launch with our first BOOK REPORT, a feature that will be recurring every month. […]

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November 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] On November 1st, Rather Be Reading turned three! (Flashback to our first post/book report — a review of Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer.) Celebrate with us by reading a few then/now comparisons and entering two giveaways below! We thank […]

April 22, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler - […] Ockler is always going to have a special place in my book lovin’ heart because her novel, Twenty Boy Summer, was the first review Magan and I ever put up on RBR — our launching post! Then (almost a […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:19 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] If you’re curious, revisit our very first post, a joint review of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. […]

November 1, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Jamie - I have this on my shelf waiting to be read! Cool idea for the book report with the format! Also, your site is gorgeous! Very clean and pretty looking!

Welcome to the blogosphere, ladies! I’m always here if you need anything! 🙂

November 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Sherry - Congrats! I love reading and I have read a lot more books since I met Magan! I am so excited to have somewhere to go if I need a recommendation! Great idea ladies- good luck! : )

November 1, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Samual @ Books For All Seasons - Nice chat post! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing!

Welcome to the book community!

Sam